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Brand Inspector

Brand inspection requirements for cattle, horses, mules, and asses and Brand Recording information.

A brand inspection is required when:

  • Ownership changes in any manner
  • Leaving the State of Idaho
  • Going to slaughter

Generally, it is the responsibility of the "Seller" or "current owner" to obtain the brand inspection and pay the appropriate inspection fees.

Always ask for a brand inspection when buying livestock! If the seller issues you a "bill of sale" instead, make sure the bill of sale is valid, and you call for a brand inspection within 10 days from the date of sale. In this case, the buyer will also be responsible for getting a brand inspection within 10 days and paying the brand inspection fees.

If you accept a bill of sale in lieu of a brand inspection certificate, and the animal is carrying a brand not recorded to the person who issued the bill of sale, then you could very well have to clear that brand before a brand inspection could be done.

Not obtaining a brand inspection when required by the Idaho brand laws is considered an infraction for the first offense and a misdemeanor for the second offense, punishable by a fine not to exceed $300 and or six months in jail.


Apply to Record A Brand
Submit your brand application and fees to the State Brand Recorder. You will want to start this process at least two to three weeks before you want to brand.  DO NOT USE A BRAND UNTIL THE BRAND CERTIFICATE HAS BEEN ISSUED.

Transfer a Brand
Release a brand from the former owner and transfer it to a new owner.

Commonly Asked Questions
Wondering when a brand inspection is required or what makes a livestock transaction legal? You will find answers here.

District Supervisors
Locations throughout Idaho for brand inspectors and information.

Idaho Code, Statutes and Brand Board Rules
Find the brand laws, including related laws, and the Brand Board rules.

Inspection Fees
Our per head charge for brand inspections.

Other Resources
Links to helpful animal and agricultural related websites.


Idaho State Police Headquarters
700 S. Stratford Drive, Meridian, ID 83642
208.884.7000